romans12-2

 

Fix your attention on God.

You’ll be changed from the inside out.

Romans 12:2 MSG

 

Are you looking for a change in 2018, but aren’t sure where to begin? Romans 12 has the answer for you.

 

Let’s look at the entire verse as written in The Message.

 

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.

Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

 

There are two ways we can read Romans 12:2. Either zoom in on what we shouldn’t be doing or study what we should be doing.

 

We shouldn’t become so well-adjusted to our culture that we fit in without even thinking. Because the culture will then drag us down to its level immaturity.

 

But rather, we should fix our attention on God, readily recognizing what He wants from us and then quickly responding. Then we’ll be changed from the inside out as He brings out the best in us, developing well-formed maturity in us.

 

So, how do we get from what we shouldn’t be doing to what we should be doing?

 

We recognize where our attention not fixed on God in our days but rather fixed on things of the culture. Then, we remove the distractions preventing our attention from being clearly fixed on God. Finally, we renew the removed distractions by intentionally fixing our attention on God through what we read, listen to and watch.

 

Living Deeper Still is fixing our attention on God to be changed from the inside out.